Facial Morphology Research Group















Our main research focus is to identify affordable, non-invasive measures of health. More specifically, we study the associations between facial appearance (both shape and colour), direct measures of health and genetic variation. Our previous work, for example, found associations between facial appearance and Body Mass Index (BMI), hormonal profile, and antibody response. Many of these studies were conducted in collaboration with other local and international researchers and we continue to collaborate with various researchers worldwide. 

African Longitudinal Facial Appearance and Health (ALFAH) study

Principal investigator
Prof Vinet Coetzee
Google Scholar

Current Postgraduate students

  • Stefan de Jager (PhD)
  • Estha Schmidlin (PhD)
  • Mr Pieter van der Walt (MIT)
  • Ms Michelle Terblanche (MIT)
  • Mr Abiodun Modupe (MIT)
  • Mr Riaal Domingues (MIT)
  • Ms Lize Schoeman (BSc Honours)

Graduated Postgraduate students

  • Khutso Phalane (PhD)
  • Gustav Gous (PhD)
  • Catherine Tribe (MSc)
  • Monika Berger (BSc Honours)
  • Thoriso Sesing (BSc Honours)
  • Salona Bennie (BSc Honours)
  • Aston Govender (BSc Honours)
  • Catherine Tribe (BSc Honours)

Publications (click here)

Selected local collaborators:

  • Dr Engela Honey, Department of Genetics, University of Pretoria
  • Dr Helen Steel, Department of Immunology, University of Pretoria
  • Prof Riette de Kock, Department of Food Science, University of Pretoria
  • Prof Jaco Greeff, Evolution of Interactions group, Department of Genetics, University of Pretoria

Selected international collaborators:

Selected News Articles about our work

Useful links

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